The dentist tells you to brush and floss your teeth. The dermatologist tells you to stay out of the sun and to use sunblock when you are in the sun to help prevent skin cancer. The cardiologist tells you to diet and exercise to help prevent heart disease. Why don’t we have prevention in musculoskeletal health? At OSPTA Morgantown we believe in preventative musculoskeletal health. By performing a musculoskeletal pre-participation screen, biomechanical assessment and/or a functional movement screen we can identify those who are most likely to be at risk for acute injury or repetitive overuse injuries. By addressing your weaknesses you can potentially decrease your rate of injury. Our highly-trained staff is capable of performing the necessary tests to identify your impairments that could lead to muscle, nerve and joint pain. Another form of prevention is to treat your condition early and avoid waiting until it becomes severe. Typically, the earlier you treat a condition the faster it responds to conservative care. Research has shown that the earlier you treat low back and neck pain the less likely it will be to become chronic. OSPTA Morgantown can help guide you in the prevention of multiple musculoskeletal injuries. We can even slow the progression of pain associated with “arthritis” and help to prevent surgery. We take wellness seriously. We promote an active healthy lifestyle. By being active you can prevent a multitude of health conditions. OSPTA can perform a musculoskeletal examination, flexibility tests, strength testing, blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation rate, body mass index, body fat percentage, fitness testing, flexibility testing, agility testing, maximum volume of oxygen consumption (VO2 max) and a needs analysis to meet your individual needs. This will help to determine what is safe for you to do at the gym or with recreational sports/ activities. We highly recommend that you join a gym or become active so you can enjoy a life of health and wellness. If you are interested in becoming a member at a wellness/fitness facility in the Morgantown, WV area, ask us who we recommend.